Ferndale’s Old Navy Outlet building receives new facade

One of downtown Ferndale’s most visible buildings is getting a facelift while it looks for a new tenant.

Grenadier Properties is putting a new façade on the front entrance to what used to be the Old Navy Outlet store on the northwest corner of Woodward Avenue and 9 Mile Road. The Southfield-based firm is refacing the front entrance with cast stone (think limestone), new windows, and lights. The project is expected to finish by the end of June.

“The four corners of Woodward and Nine are like Ferndale’s four front teeth,” says Robert Bruner, city manager for Ferndale. “Regardless of how good the rest of the City looks, our smile is only as good as those four buildings. I am very happy the former Old Navy Outlet is getting some much needed attention.”

Old Navy left the space a little more than a year ago and Grenadier Properties has been looking for a new tenant for the 15,000-square-foot, single-story building since.

“There are a few prospects, but we’re still looking,” says Josh Grenadier, the firm’s co-owner.

It has found a new tenant for the old Coffee Beanery space at the rear of the Old Navy building. Inyo Restaurant, an Asian-influenced eatery, plans to open there by the end of the week.

Source: Robert Bruner, city manager for Ferndale and Josh Grenadier, co-owner of Grenadier Properties
Writer: Jon Zemke